1 January 1951
Colonel Ahmed Usman was a Nigerian Military Administrator of Ondo State (September 1994 – August 1996) and then of Oyo State (August 1996 – August 1998) during the military regime of General Sani Abacha.
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Early careerOyo State GovernorLater career
Ahmed Usman was born in 1951. After joining the army, postings included Second in Command, 192 Battalion, Abak and 141 Battalion, Kano (1983–1985), United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (1985–1986) and Battalion Commander G Amphibious, Elele Port Hartcourt (1990–1991).
Ahmed Usman was appointed governor of Ondo State in September 1994. While governor of Ondo State, Ahmed Usman installed Oba Adeleye Orisagbemi as the Attah of Ayede Ekiti. On 17 June 1996, Usman threatened to dismiss any Ondo State judge who granted bail to secret cult suspects.
In 1998, a former Managing Director of a subsidiary of the Odu’a Group alleged that he had given bribes to Usman while he was administrator of Ondo State.
Oyo State Governor
In August 1996, Ahmed Usman was deployed to Oyo state at a time of growing discontent about the military regime headed by Sani Abacha. On 12 May 1997 a bomb explosion in the state capital of Ibadan injured two soldiers and a policeman. Usman said the perpetrators were cowards. Two people were killed and about 20 wounded at the Salami Sports Stadium, Ibadan in April 1998, when supporters of the United Action for Democracy (UAD) disrupted a pro-Abacha rally that had earlier been addressed by Colonel Ahmed Usman.
Seven people were killed in 1998 May Day clashes between police and pro-democracy protesters. Colonel Ahmed Usman blamed “foreign enemies” of supporting the violence. Later that month, Usman said security forces had been placed on red alert to stop any protest in the state capital, Ibadan. A few days later thirty-seven Nigerians were arrested and charged with subversion. Usman said they would be treated as “prisoners of war”. Three other people, one a prominent newspaper editor, were charged with subversion.
Sani Abacha died in June 1998. Ahmed Usman was relieved of his position as governor in August 1998.
Ahmed Usman stayed out of politics after the return to democracy in 1999, until in August 2008 he declared that he intended to run for governor of Kogi State in 2011.